How to Prepare for Jewish American Heritage Month During Coronavirus?

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May is around the corner, but unlike the last few years, the Jewish American Heritage Month website hasn’t updated with all the celebratory events taking place around the nation. Most of us are still on lockdown, proverbial or otherwise, and cultural programming has taken a hit.

Washington Jewish Week published an article about how Jewish Community Centers (particularly our three local JCCs) and Sixth & I are struggling financially under COVID-19. Other Jewish institutions are more supported by philanthropy, according to JCC Association of North America CEO Doron Krakow, but JCCs build up revenue primarily through programming costs. The virtual world isn’t as lucrative.

Still, these organizations continue to put themselves out there. Here are some resources:

Last summer, I took to the National Museum of American History to look for Judaism in the broader DC world. Physical museums may be closed this spring, but you can still find info on artifacts online. In lieu, perhaps, of the Capital Jewish Museum offering in-person programming this year, check out their virtual exhibits! The most all-encompassing one might be Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community. It takes us from 1795, when the first Jews arrived here, to today!

Stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. And thank you to the members of our local Jewish organizations who continue to leave the lights on, however they can. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has started a COVID-19 Response Fund, which you can access here.

Celebrate Purim in 5780!

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Purim starts on March 9, a festive holiday of rejoicing, yet again, in the fact that we (the Jews) have survived a persecution attempt. Huzzah! Though not as noticeable to the outside world as, say, Chanukah, it is definitely as fun—allowing people of all ages to dress up, eat special sweets, and wave noisemakers called groggers as the Megillah (book of Esther) is read out enthusiastically.

You don’t have to wait until the 14th of Adar to participate in this holiday. Enjoy these local offerings of Purim-related festivities leading up to and encompassing this holiday event! I’ll once again be at Adas Israel for their Purim spiel, as part of the flash choir! 😀 Chag sameach.

Saturday, March 7
GLOE in the Dark: A Purim Masquerade

GLOE In the Dark: A Purim Masquerade

Schmaltz! A “Grease” Purim Spiel at Congregation Adat Reyim

Schmaltz! A “Grease” Purim Schpiel

Bathesda Jewish Congregation Purim Pandemonium

BJC PURIM PANDEMONIUM

Sunday, March 8
EDCJCC Family Purim Carnival

FAMILY PURIM CARNIVAL

PAWrim Party

PAWrim party

Secular Humanistic Purim with Machar

Secular Humanistic Purim with Machar

A Magical Purim at the JCC of NV

A Magical Purim

Purim Carnival at Agudas Achim

Purim Carnival

Purim Carnival at Har Shalom

Purim Carnival at Har Shalom

Purim Carnival at Shaare Tefila

Purim Carnival in Olney

Family Purim Party at Bender JCC

Family Purim Party

Character Purim Party at Bender JCC

Character Purim Party

Purim Magic with Zig Zag at Shaare Torah

Purim Magic with Zig Zag

Purim Carnival at Beth Emeth

Purim Palooza (Carnival & More)

Purim Celebration at Temple Shalom

Purim Celebration

Beth El Purim Carnival

Beth El Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 8-Tuesday, March 10
Purim carnival, shpiel, megillah reading and poetry reading at Adat Shalom!

Purim is Coming!

Monday, March 9
Sixth & I’s The Roaring 2020s: A Purim Celebration

The Roaring 2020s: A Purim Celebration

Har Shalom ’80s Purim

Purim at Har Shalom

Temple Shalom “Star Wars” Purim

Purim

Tikvat Israel Purim Puppet Production, Songs and Kid-Friendly Megillah Reading

Purim Puppet Production, Songs and Kid-Friendly Megillah Reading

Hill Havurah Annual Purim Party

Hill Havurah Annual Purim Party

Beth El Nitzanim Purim Spiel

Beth El’s Nitzanim Purim Spiel

Agudas Achim Quiet Purim Celebration

Quiet Purim Celebration

Monday, March 9-Tuesday, March 10
Purim at Adas: The Storm
https://www.adasisrael.org/purim

Wednesday, March 11
Purim Bookies at Fairfax Regional Library

Purim Bookies at Fairfax Regional Library

Celebrate Purim in 5779!

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Purim starts on March 20, a festive holiday of rejoicing, yet again, in the fact that we (the Jews) have survived a persecution attempt. Huzzah! Though not as noticeable to the outside world as, say, Chanukah, it is definitely as fun—allowing people of all ages to dress up, eat special sweets, and wave noisemakers called groggers as the Megillah (book of Esther) is read out enthusiastically.

Alas, this is going up after all of the weekend festivities, but still, you don’t have to wait until the 14th of Adar to participate in this holiday. Enjoy these local offerings of Purim-related festivities leading up to and encompassing this holiday event! I’ll once again be at Adas Israel for their Purim spiel, as part of the flash choir! 😀 Chag sameach.

Tuesday, March 19
Resilience Unmasked: Purim, Protest and Power
https://www.sixthandi.org/event/resilience-unmasked-purim-protest-and-power/

Unmasked: A Modern Purim Celebration and Service Project
https://www.edcjcc.org/event/unmasked-a-modern-purim-celebration-service-project/?instance_id=22892

SHIN DC Purim & Nowruz Lecture & Celebration
jconnect

Wednesday, March 20

Purim at Adas: A Journey to Everywhere and Nowhere
https://www.adasisrael.org/purim

Sixth & I’s Shushan Circus
https://www.sixthandi.org/event/shushan-circus-a-purim-celebration/

Bethesda Jewish Congregation Megillah Reading and Adult Costume Event
https://bethesdajewish.org/event/megillah-reading-adult-costume-event/

Temple Shalom Tot Purim
jconnect

Oseh Shalom TV Characters Purim Spiel
jconnect

Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim Pirate Purim
jconnect

Congregation Etz Hayim Partial Megillah Reading & Purim Spiel
jconnect

Tikvat Israel Congregation Purim Puppet Show
jconnect

DC High Holidays Classes and Events 5779

Apple picking is a common tradition around Rosh Hashanah / image courtesy of GetDrawings.com

L’shanah tova! A new year will be upon us in under a month—and with that, my favorite holiday. 😀 Bring on the apples and honey!

For tickets, Jconnect has in depth detail concerning fees, schedules and more for DC and area MD and VA synagogues. Gather DC focuses more specifically on young adults, and has links to services and other activities to help this cohort connect.

Washington also offers classes and events to inform you and get you in the spirit of high holidays! I’ve gathered up a few offerings from Sixth & I and the Edlavitch DCJCC, JCCNV, the Bender JCC and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Lots of apple pickings this year. 😛 Please leave others in the comments!


Wednesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 12
Hit Refresh: Preparing for the High Holidays, 7 pm, Sixth & I
https://www.sixthandi.org/event/hit-refresh-preparing-for-the-high-holidays/

Sunday, September 9
A Taste of Apples and Honey: Community Apple Picking, 2:30 pm, JCCNV
https://www.jccnv.org/index.php?src=events&srctype=detail&category=Adults&refno=188636
Days of Awe-some: Exploring Rosh Hashanah, 4 pm, EDCJCC
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/625270278?view=Detail&id=154662

Wednesday, September 12
Rosh Hashanah Pick ‘n Picnic, 10:30 am, Bender JCC
https://www.benderjccgw.org/event/pick-n-picnic/

Thursday, September 13
Cheers to a Sweet New Year with Young Leadership Donors, 6:30 pm, JFGW
https://www.shalomdc.org/event/ylgivingthankyouevent/
The Unkosher Comedy Tour: Confessions, 7 pm, EDCJCC
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=154677&view=Detail

Sunday, September 16
Pick with PJ: Apple Picking Event, 10 am, JFGW
https://www.shalomdc.org/event/pickwithpj/

Celebrate Purim in 5778!

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Purim starts on February 28, a festive holiday of rejoicing, yet again, in the fact that we (the Jews) have survived a persecution attempt. Huzzah! Though not as noticeable to the outside world as, say, Chanukah, it is definitely as fun—allowing people of all ages to dress up, eat special sweets, and wave noisemakers called groggers as the Megillah (book of Esther) is read out enthusiastically.

…but you don’t have to wait until the 14th of Adar to dress up as your favorite Biblical character, or at least to get down. Enjoy these local offerings of Purim-related festivities leading up to and encompassing this holiday event! I’ll be at Adas Israel for their Purim spiel, as part of the adult flash choir! 😀 Chag sameach.

Saturday, February 24

Bethesda Jewish Congregation Religious School Purim Carnival
https://bethesdajewish.org/event/religious-school-25-2018-02-24/

Sunday, February 25

Adat Shalom A Colorful Purim: Purim Carnival
jconnect

Congregation Beth Emeth Purim Palooza in Northern Virginia
jconnect

Washington Hebrew Congregation Not Your Ordinary Hamentaschen
jconnect

Wednesday, February 28

Temple Shalom Wizard of Oz of Purim
jconnect

Purim gets Wild at Adas Israel!
https://www.adasisrael.org/purim

Tikvat Israel Purim Puppet Show
http://tikvatisrael.org/events/purim-puppet-show-4/

Sixth & I Grogger and Glow: A Purim Celebration
https://www.sixthandi.org/event/grogger-glow-purim-celebration-2/

Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim Pirate Purim
http://www.htaa.org/event/purim-party.html

Celebrate Purim in 5777!

Esther scroll / photo courtesy of wikipedia

Esther scroll / photo courtesy of wikipedia

Purim starts on March 11, a festive holiday of rejoicing, yet again, in the fact that we (the Jews) have survived an attempt at persecution. Though not as noticeable to the outside world as, say, Chanukah, it is definitely as fun—allowing people of all ages to dress up, eat special sweets, and wave noisemakers called groggers as the Megillah (book of Esther) is read out enthusiastically.

…but you don’t have to wait until the 14th of Adar to dress up as your favorite Biblical character, or at least to get down. Enjoy these local offerings of Purim-related festivities leading up to and encompassing this holiday weekend!

Wednesday, March 8
Young Adults Pre-Purim Happy Hour
https://youngleadership.wufoo.com/forms/rzxnq4b09q133o/

The Max Ticktin Annual Latke-Hamentaschen Debate
jconnect

Purim Weekend
Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Purim at the Oscars, Purim Lock-In, Purim Carnival
http://www.whctemple.org/purim

Adas Israel’s The World Upside Down Purim, Purim Pajama Party, Breakfast Reception and Rooftop Party, Sing-Along, Costume Parade and Carnival
http://adasisrael.org/purim/

Tikvat Israel’s Purim Celebration, Nosh ‘n’ Spiel, On the Persian Carpet: A Purim Broadway Revue, Puppet Production Family Celebration
http://tikvatisrael.org/events/purim-services-maariv-megillah/

Friday, March 10
Tot Purim @ Temple Shalom
jconnect

Saturday, March 11
Pride of Purim: A Queer Masquerade
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1601753210?view=Detail&id=153143

Grogger and Glow: A Purim Celebration
https://www.sixthandi.org/event/grogger-glow-purim-celebration/

Bethesda Jewish Congregation’s Purim Spiel: Thank God I’m a Country Jew
http://bethesdajewish.org/event/adult-purim-spiel/

Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim’s Purim Pajama Jam
https://www.htaa.org/event/purim-pajama-jam.html

Sunday, March 12
EDCCJCC Purim Carnival
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1601753210?view=Detail&id=153100

Temple Shalom’s Purim Puppet Show and Carnival
jconnect

Bender JCC Purim Party
http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/purim-party-2/

Adat Shalom’s Purim Palooza
jconnect

PJ Library and various sponsors present sensory friendly Purim celebrations
https://youngleadership.wufoo.com/forms/r1n1dtzs0s44me6/

DC High Holiday Classes and Events 5777

Jews performing taschlich in this Aleksander Gierymski painting / photo courtesy of wikipedia

Jews performing taschlich in this Aleksander Gierymski painting / photo courtesy of wikipedia

L’shanah tova! A new year is upon us—and my favorite holiday. 😀 I you are looking for tickets to attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in the DC area, check out my last post.

Washington also offers classes and events to inform you and get you in the spirit of high holidays! I’ve gathered up a few offerings from Sixth & I and the Edlavitch DCJCC and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Please leave others in the comments!

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Ongoing
Celebrate Character Day Online! JHSGW

Wednesday, September 21
The Holiness of Anger Management, 7:30 pm, Sixth & I
https://www.sixthandi.org/event/holiness-anger-management/

Thursday, September 22
Get Carded, 7 pm, Sixth & I
https://www.sixthandi.org/event/get-carded/

Sunday, September 25
Repentance, Forgiveness and Personal Change, 2 pm, DCJCC
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1308838773?view=Detail&id=152578

Wednesday, September 28
Sorry, Not Sorry, 7 pm, Sixth & I
https://www.sixthandi.org/event/sorry-not-sorry/

Thursday, September 29
Confessions: A Storytelling Interrogation Show, 7:30 pm, Buckeye and Bear/DCJCC
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1308838773?view=Detail&id=152678

May you have a sweet new year!

DC High Holiday Tickets for 5777 and some closer events!

Yemenite style shofar / photo courtesy of Olve Utne and wikipedia

High Holidays are late this year (October 2-4 for Rosh Hashanah and 11-12 for Yom Kippur) but it’s never too early to square things away with getting your tickets. J-Connect has in depth detail concerning fees, schedules and more for DC and area MD and VA synagogues. Gather The Jews focuses more specifically on young adults, and has links to services and other activities to help this cohort connect.

But the Hebrew calendar this year leaves us with strange gaps in late summer and early fall! The newly minted Edlavitch Jewish Community Center won’t host its annual end-of-year book sale until September 14! 😦 But Zemer Chai has already opened its auditions for the next season! 😀 They’re particularly looking for male singers, fyi.

And the Israeli-American Conference is coming to the Marriot Marquis in Washington September 24-26. Several famous guests, from politicians to journalists, activists and artists, have been confirmed to speak. You can register to attend by clicking here.

The long, humid days of August will recede soon enough, and I’ll be back to highlight some local high holiday classes. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Commemorate MLK Weekend and Tu B’Shevat 5776 in DC!

Traditional Tu B’Shevat bounty / photo courtesy of wikipedia

Happy 2016! As we enter the second half of January, one secular and one religious holiday crop up on the horizon. The long weekend set aside for commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. starts tomorrow, Jan. 16, and Tu B’Shevat commences on Jan. 24. Check out ways to get involved with the local community! Note: some events may be sold out.

Please feel free to add more events in the comments.

MLK Weekend

  • Sixth & I’s MLK Shabbat: Visions of Freedom and Justice. In conjunction with Turner Memorial AME church and featuring their two choirs.
  • Washington Hebrew Congregation’s MLK Shabbat Dinner. Hosting partner churches and mosques, with special guest William Jelani Cobb. Professor Cobb is director of the University of Connecticut’s Africana Studies Institute, amongst other things. Followed by Shabbat service.
  • Adas Israel’s Weekend of Tikkun Olam. This weekend of learning features a such guests as Imam Talib M. Shareef of Masjid Muhammad, the Nation’s Mosque; and Jared Jackson of Jews in All Hues. (I attended one of their programs a few years ago and wrote about it here.) Also a joint service at the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, and more!
  • Gather the Jews compiled a list of links to sign up for various days of service this Monday.

Tu B’Shevat

Chag sameach!

DC Chanukah Happenings 5775!

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The winter season is upon us- the weather is occasionally colder and icier, and people begin to count the days until they get a little time off from work or school. Why not warm yourself by the kindling Chanukah lights? Local Jewish groups are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for this well-known religious holiday, which will take place this year from sundown Dec. 16 to sundown Dec. 24.
Check these out!

DCJCC Chanukah Party
Drop by the DCJCC for family fun, including a moon bounce, games, crafts and more!
Sunday, December 14, 10 am, $10-$15

Chanukah at the Ellipse
American Friends of Lubavitch starts off the holiday season with this annual ceremony on the White House lawn
Tuesday, December 16, 4 pm, tickets required

Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill
Annual young adult shindig sponsored by several Jewish organizations, this year at both Capitol Lounge, and Hawk and Dove. Collection boxes at both sites for donations to local charity.
Tuesday, December 16, 6 pm, free

Festival of the Daughters
Sixth & I brings Rabbi Sarah Tasman to Not Your Bubbe’s Sisterhood to talk about the Book of Judith and the North African tradition, Chag HaBanot, for honoring her, and Jewish women everywhere.
Wednesday, December 17, 7 pm, $10-$12

Chanu-Comedy: A Festival of Laughs
Stop by Sixth & I for an amusing show featuring Rachel Bloom and Danny Jolles.
Saturday, December 20, 8 pm, $20-$23